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11th Annual Davis Lecture on April 16

Ron Philo, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, UT Health San Antonio, will give the 11th annual Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D. History of Medicine Lecture at noon on April 16 in the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health, room 3013. 

The title of Dr. Philo’s lecture is “Leonardo the Anatomist,and he will focus on Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings. This year marks the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death.   

Lunch will be available for the first 75 attendees.  

The event can be watched online here.

Dr. Philo, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, UT Health San Antonio, retired in 2010 after more than 30 years of teaching medical, dental and health professions students in The University of Texas Health Science Centers in Houston and San Antonio.  He was the director of willed-body programs at each institution.  He is a former Chair of The Anatomical Board of The State of Texas.  In addition to scientific articles and a Guide to Human Anatomy, Dr. Philo has contributed to three art catalogs of the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.  Each was coauthored with Martin Clayton of Royal Collection Trust. These catalogs are Leonardo da Vinci: The Anatomy of Man (1992); Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man (2010); and Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist (2012).  The catalogs were prepared for exhibitions of Leonardo drawings in Houston, Vancouver and London, respectively.  An app was produced with the Leonardo: Anatomist book—it is ‘Leonardo da Vinci Anatomy’, by Royal Collection Trust, Primal, and TouchPress.  Ron has continued his interest and studies in the Leonardo anatomicals while in retirement.  Dr. Philo earned BS and MS degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).  His Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences/Anatomy Program was granted in 1978 from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He is a native Texan and currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Joyce Anne LeMaistre, MD.

The Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., History of Medicine Lectureship brings national experts to the UNMC campus to discuss the history of medicine, in support of special collections at the McGoogan Library, including rare books and works on the history of medicine. The lectureship is supported through an endowed fund given by the late Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D. (1926-2010), professor emeritus of internal medicine at UNMC, and his wife, Jean. Davis supported this lectureship out of his long-standing interest in the history of medicine; he was a faculty member at UNMC from 1969-1994.

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